ACL compiles a daily media monitoring service of stories of interest to the Christian constituency relating to children, family, drugs and alcohol, marriage, human rights, religious freedom etc.



Visit the ACL’s website each day to see what’s of interest in the news. Please note that selection of the articles does not represent ACL endorsement of the content.



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Classification

Brisbane council bans image of two men kissing
(includes poll)

Mel McMillan - The Satellite

Brisbane City Council has confirmed it yesterday ordered a stop on one of three proposed billboard advertisements for the Brisbane Queer Film Festival. The billboard would have depicted a publicity image of two men rolling in sand at a beach and kissing passionately.


Education

Against the odds, schools provide lessons in excellence


The Australian

Teachers will tell you every school is different, every child is different and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to improve schools. Strategies and techniques need to be adapted to fit the individual. Yet there are lessons to be derived from experience, as set out by the Grattan Institute in its report on turning around school performance.


Health

Health, welfare and education: Tough choices loom for Treasurer Joe Hockey


Mark Kenny, Peter Martin - SMH

Treasurer Joe Hockey has used the world stage to warn that Australia will run out of money for health and education, and must consider unpopular options such as lifting the retirement age to 70, introducing big new taxes, and redesigning the economic system.


Homelessness & Poverty

Welfare system needs root and branch reform: Mission Australia

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

Welfare recipients must have more regular assessments to address changes in their personal circumstances that require different levels of support, the country's largest welfare organisation has told the Abbott government's review of the sector.


Domestic violence support at risk as funding deal expires

News Ltd

The chief executive of Domestic Violence Victoria, Fiona McCormack, said the majority of family violence services were funded through the housing and homelessness budgets. “In Victoria (family violence) accounts for 44 per cent of women’s and children’s homelessness,’’ she said. “The availability of affordable housing is often one of ­(female victims’) central concerns when deciding to leave a violent relationship.’’


Politics

Redcliffe by-election: Labor candidate Yvette D'Ath wins the Queensland seat

Melinda Howells and Chris O'Brien - ABC

Labor candidate Yvette D'Ath has won the by-election for the Queensland seat of Redcliffe, ABC election analyst Antony Green says. He says with more than 56 per cent of ballots counted, Ms D'Ath is ahead of the LNP's Kerri-Anne Dooley.


Scott Driscoll pays $90,000 fine to Queensland Parliament

Amy Remeikis - Brisbane Times

Less than 24 hours after his lawyer pleaded for leniency for a "broken man", Scott Driscoll paid his entire $90,000 fine to the Queensland Parliament. The former LNP member and Redcliffe MP was found guilty of 49 instances of contempt and misleading the House in November last year, in relation to statements he made in parliament regarding his business dealings.


Refugees

Scott Morrison says he learnt information was wrong yesterday


James Robertson, Jonathan Swan, Bianca Hall - SMH

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says he was told during the day on Saturday that he had misinformed the public about violence that occurred inside the Manus Island detention centre. Fronting a hastily convened press conference in Sydney on Sunday, Mr Morrison reiterated that he had been wrong to assure the Australian public on Tuesday that violent riots - that led to a death of an asylum seeker on Monday night - had occurred outside the Manus Island detention centre.


Other

Mission Australia cuts 70 jobs from employment service


Nonee Walsh - ABC

Mission Australia has warned of a "jobless generation" as it is forced to axe positions from its employment service. It says a collapse in jobs growth has forced it to slash more than 70 positions in the very section that assists the unemployed.


'Biblezine' complaint sparks probe into religious educator

ABC

Victoria's Education Department has launched an investigation into what it calls "inappropriate and offensive" religious material distributed at a primary school. The so-called Biblezines were given as graduation gifts as part of a program run by the state's Christian education provider Access Ministries.